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Piotr Dutkiewicz

Politics and society in Eastern Europe; Social change in Russia and CIS countries; Ethnic conflict; state and administration in eastern Europe

Degrees:LLM (University of Warsaw, Poland) PhD (Russian Academy of Science, Moscow)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 5628
Office:C679 Loeb Building


on sabbatical July 2017-December 2017

Piotr Dutkiewicz is Professor of Political Science and former Director of the Institute of European and Russian Studies. He is currently a co-director of the Center for Governance and Public Policy at Carleton University (

He was educated at Warsaw University (LLM) and the Russian Academy of Science, Moscow (PhD). He was a Fellow of St. Peter’s and Nuffield Colleges in Oxford and a Visiting Professor at Berkeley University, Institute for International Relations (USA) and taught at Warsaw University in Poland (1977-1989) and Queen’s University (1990-1993) in Kingston, Ontario. Co-organizer of twenty international conferences.

Professor Dutkiewicz was editor-in-chief of a 21 volume series on “Local and Regional Development in Poland and Eastern Europe” (1986-1989) and editor (or co-editor) of 12 books. He is also the author of many chapters in books and articles in professional journals. He was a Director of four large scales, high visibility Projects in Russia funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (on regional development, unemployment insurance, labor market and social policies). He was also involved in CIDA -AUCC lead project on juvenile justice and youth at risk in Russia. He was also a member of a Canadian Official State delegation to Russia in 2003 (lead by Gov. General Adrienne Clarkson). May, 2006 he received a doctorate Honoris Causa from the People’s Friendship University and in 2007 the Honorary Degree from the Russian academy of Public Administration in Moscow for the “very significant contribution to the development of Canada- Russia relations and quality of research”. He is recipient of Carleton’s Research Excellence Award (2014).

He is a member of so called Valdai Club, a group of forty world renowned experts on Russia; in 2009 he received the Russian Federation’s Order of Friendship from President Dmitry Medvedev.

Current Research Projects

He is currently editing/writing a book: The evolution of Russian society since 1991: Actors, Attitudes and Practices.

This is the previously untold story of millions of Russians who – despite all odds – maintained the integrity and stability of the country in the context of a long, turbulent, socially costly and multi-faceted transformation from a centrally planned to a market economy, from socialism to capitalism and from the empire to a regional power. So far, most of the countless books on Russia’s transition have been written from a high-politics perspective, with a narrative focused on elite-level developments (such as changes in the top leadership or changes in key legal and institutional aspects of the Federation ) or from a formulaic binary-comparative perspective focusing on the success/failure of “transition to democracy” and “liberalization of the market.” This volume is an untold history of Russia that remains to be written from her citizens’ perspective, both about and set against the backdrop of major political and economic events. This book will obviously follow key political and economic developments of federal importance, but will inject a significant component of original, interdisciplinary research that will show societal change and the evolution of public opinion and values in Russia presented simultaneously in two dimensions: spatial (spanning the Russian regions) and temporal (covering a period of 1991 – 2014).

Selected Publications

Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa, eds., Eurasian Integration: The View from Within, with consulting editors Sergei Glazyev, Fyodor Lukyanov, Feng Shaolei, Bulat Sultanov and Pavel Andreev. Routledge, November, 2014, pp 333.

Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa, eds., 22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World’s Foremost Thinkers, New York University Press, October 2013, pp. 480.

Piotr Dutkiewicz and Vladislav Inozemtsev, eds., Democracy versus Modernization, A Dilemma for Russia and for the World, Routledge Publishers (Great Britain), December 2012, pp. 254.

Piotr Dutkiewicz & Dmitri Trenin, eds., Russia – The Challenges of Transformation, NYUP, New York University Press, May 2011, pp.485.

Piotr Dutkiewicz and Andrei Margolin, eds., New Technologies in Public Administration as Reflected by the Canadian and Russian Experience – (original title: Новые технологии государственного управления в зеркале канадского и российского опыта), Moscow Governance University Press, 2013, pp. 270.

Piotr Dutkiewicz, Alison Keating, Maryana Nikoula, Evgeni Shevchenko (co- authors), Juvenile Justice in Russia: Models Design and the Road Ahead, AUCC/CIDA, Ottawa, 2009, pp.180.

Teresa Rakowska -Harmstone and Piotr Dutkiewicz, eds., New Europe. The Impact of the First Decade, Vol. 1 Trends and Prospects. Collegium Civitas, 2006, pp.247 vol.2 Variations on the Pattern, pp.406